Duke freshman center Jahlil Okafor voted top newcomer, joins Player of the Year favorite Marcus Paige of UNC on preseason all-ACC team ... UVA gets no respect ... N.C. State learning to live without 2014 player of the year T.J. Warren of Durham.
The losses of long-time aides Chris Collins and Steve Wojiechowski haven't derailed the Blue Devils, who'll bid for an ACC title under 35-year veteran coach Mike Krzyzewski and the enthusiasm of aides Chris Capel, Nate James and Jon Scheyer, players say.
Graduation Success Rate (GSR) results released Tuesday by the NCAA indicated that 97 percent of freshmen student-athletes receiving scholarship aid or recruited individuals participating in programs that do not offer athletic aid graduated from Duke within six years. ... UNC Chapel Hill came in at 86 percent, N.C. Central 66 percent.
November sets up as a month to remember for Duke’s 24th-ranked football team and veteran players like Anthony Boone want to make sure it’s remembered for good reasons. That’s why they received permission from the coaching staff to hold a players-only meeting Tuesday morning with a season-defining stretch of games beginning at Pittsburgh on Saturday (noon, ESPNU).
Blue Devils head to Pittsburgh looking to avenge last season's, uh, interesting 58-55 loss.
Senior days bring wins a Duke, UNC in women's soccer and field hockey
Greenwell shows off shooting touch as Blue Devils display revamped roster
Blue Devils in AP Top 25 for first time this season
Blue Devils (6-1) enter Associated Press Top 25 for first time this season
Countdown to Craziness scrimmages showed us how the starting lineup is coming together
Freshman big man impresses during Countdown to Craziness scrimmages
Duke returns one starter from last season’s 28-win team. While that player is all-American center Elizabeth Williams, it still came with some surprise this week when the Blue Devils were picked to finish second in the ACC women’s basketball race behind Notre Dame.
So far, Rasheed Sulaimon’s time in a Duke uniform has matched how the Blue Devils have fared as a whole.
Two years ago, as a freshman, Sulaimon played in every game, starting all but three, as Duke reached the NCAA Tournament’s Elite Eight.
Last year, struggling to find his role, Sulaimon started only 17 times, riding the bench one entire game, on a Duke team that went 26-9 and lost its only NCAA Tournament game.
Now the 6-4 guard is a junior, one of Duke’s veteran players on a team in which the play of its freshmen will go a long way towards determining how the season goes.
Sulaimon figures to have an important role but only if he’s mentally ready to accept it no matter what he’s asked to do.
Tar Heels top Duke in women's soccer; UNC, Duke find success at tennis regionals
Tar Heels toppled reigning ACC volleyball champs at Cameron